Vegan Weight Loss Tips
Losing weight is somewhat of a hard thing to do, as many people have figured out already. However, it’s perfectly possible to do it the right way. If you lose too much weight too fast, without intaking the proper vitamins and nutrients, you’ll end up causing more problems in the future than anything (health, rebounding weight gain, and even serious conditions requiring hospitalization). But if you don’t lose weight at a fast enough weight, you may not be satisfied with the amount of weight you’re losing and this can cause a lot of people to give up. In this guide, we’re going to give you six quick tips for losing weight on a vegan diet, which contrary to belief, requires you to actually eat a lot more because you’re not getting all of the same things from meat and dairy groups.
#1 – Master the Pyramid
Become a pharaoh of the vegan food pyramid in your own right. You need to know that the foundation is of course leafy greens and a ton of vegetables, then you have fruits, and grains below. Basically, it is the same pyramid, just without the same meat and dairy group added. Of course, when you’re losing weight, you still have to weigh in options like calorie intake, and being able to control your portion sizes (which is the harder part) for losing weight right, while remaining full and keeping your hunger satisfied.
#2 – Going Green
Make sure you eat a lot of rich leafy greens and broccoli (even zucchini helps). They’re packed with nutrients, and are a form of the superfood. You can also include high fiber (sweet potatoes since they’re mostly fiber are okay once in a while, but they’re higher in carbs), and nuts. Think vegan, or think closer to keto just without the fatty meats.
#3 – Increase Your Protein
You have to eat protein in order to maintain your body, blood sugar levels, and more. Yes, you can go without meat, but you need things like beans, lentils, quinoa (an excellent source of many vitamins and minerals), and even whole oats can help you. Keep in mind carb count when it comes to certain grains though.
#4 – Take Processed Soy Out
A lot of people think that when transitioning to a vegan diet, soy is the way to go. While, you may be able to eat soy based products, or they’re cheaper, and even more convenient, it’s not always the best option until you’ve established your diet and reached your goal weight as a protein source. You can easily increase your protein with other sources.
#5 – Workout and Hydrate!!!
Believe it or not, even if your body is a lot of water weight, actually increasing water goes hand in hand in burning calories. Do some cardio at least 15 minutes a day, and try to drink all 8 glasses of that water to help flush your body (even of excess calorie filled water from fat cells).
#6 – Maintain Healthy Meal Planning
You need to make sure that what you mix and match is matching calorie counts that are necessary. Some people need more, and some need less, depending on their diet that they actually need to go on, their weight, health, immune system, metabolism, and even age. Check with a doctor to find out what you can do regarding this.
**Check out our Top Vegan Meal Replacement Shakes page for some great options for this step.
Don’t ever disregard genetics playing a huge role with things like metabolism. If you’re from a family that’s naturally obese, it’s probably genetic. That just means they don’t metabolize things as much as they should, and it’s perfectly okay. You may need to lower your food intake and increase things like water instead, or even eat more foods with higher antioxidant counts to help boost your metabolism more. And don’t ever forget that you can supplement with a multivitamin (most vegans still recommend this, whether they get enough vitamins or not). Many multivitamins you find actually get a plethora of their amino acids from plant proteins directly rather than animal proteins.
Conclusion – Vegan Weight Loss
Losing weight may seem like more of a chore when you’re on a vegan diet, and while the responsibility, and sometimes the necessity to make sure you get enough nutrients is, being able to enjoy more food usually isn’t. The good thing is that most of the time, veggies are a great way to get full, and they’re still less calories than high amounts of carbs, sugars, and even meats. Another thing you can do is when you increase your water intake, if you’re drinking soda, switch to tea or green tea with a little bit of honey and lemon for flavor.
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